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Legendary Photos: The Stories Behind 8 of Harry Benson’s Iconic Portraits

How a master celebrity photographer captures the world's most famous people

Chris Rock

Photo of Chris Rock

We had met before, early in his career when he was a regular on Saturday Night Live. So, I was glad to be photographing again one of the world’s funniest stand-up comedians, Chris Rock. He was a good sport when he jumped off the mantle over the fireplace in his New York apartment.

To me the jump is unexpected and makes the picture one you stop and look at, full of movement and surprise. The only drawback was that Chris hurt his foot slightly when he landed. Interesting to me that he also posed with a clenched fist near photographs of two Civil Rights icons with opposite viewpoints, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

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